Anyhow, there has been some sad news that Robin Williams has died and it might have been suicide. This may not surprise you but Robin Williams's style of acting--as well as his film choices--were not to my taste. In fact, I tended to actively avoid his work as much as possible.
However, that doesn't mean I don't sympathize with everybody grieving today; I felt much the same when my comedy hero Rik Mayall passed away earlier this year. It's just like a punch to the gut, realizing somebody who gave you so much happiness is now gone.
I do hope that Williams's death doesn't get whitewashed like Phil Hartmann's has. I think it's important to keep the conversation going about topics like suicide and depression. I was quite taken aback to hear reference to Hartmann having "passed away" in some promo for something--possibly the upcoming 25th anniversary of the Simpsons--when he didn't just peacefully "pass away" but was murdered by his wife who had chronic drug problems. I don't know… it feels almost disrespectful to leave out the nuance of his death, as if Hartmann just floated away up to heaven for no reason. But then I remember vividly when Hartmann died because I was working at my dad's office that summer and when he came to pick me up to drive home, he had a sad look on his face and broke the news to me with all the gravity of a senior Simpsons/SNL/comedy fan to a junior one.
And then again, my family is one who passed around the Chris Farley biography, "The Chris Farley Show," and all cried our eyes out. It was a cathartic experience, actually, even if I had to read the final chapters at work (on my lunch break) so that I wouldn't sob too much.
Tragedy in comedy; comedy in tragedy. The masala of life?
There's a post in this somewhere.
Since I've already rambled at you let me update you a bit--my hellish season at work is over for the time being. Hopefully I'll be able to devote some more mental energy to writing reviews during the next few weeks. I have two half-written just sitting in my Google docs and I would like to write something on the Star Son/Daughter Works Program that was Aurangzeb because, wow, that film was full of useless star sons/and a daughter. If that is the best Arjun Kapoor has to offer then I feel justified in my continuing avoidance of his films. The boy has all the dramatic and actor-ial deftness of a Zayed Khan. Yeesh. I started actively cheering for evil uncle Chintu about halfway through because all the youngsters were so STUPID.
What I'm trying to say is Finding Fanny promos do not have me in raptures.
Let me leave you with a few odds and ends: An interview with Siddharth:
I’ve always fortunately had a lot of work in the South – one can be a main career (South films) and one, a hobby; and Mumbai, for me, was a hobby. Bollywood for me is not a priority and I’ve extreme disrespect for people who think Bollywood is a step up from the South.
I'm REALLY looking forward to watching Jigarthanda and I'll be keeping my eyes peeled for the Tamil remake of Lucia.
And apparently Irrfan is refusing to promote Haider, which is fair enough since he doesn't have a lead role but just because it's Irrfan I can't help but imagine a pompous undertone to his decision. Like, why make a big deal about it except to make a point like Bipasha was doing with Humshakals? Unless he does have a point and that point is: ATTENTION IRRFAN FANS IRRFAN DOES NOT HAVE A LEAD ROLE IN HAIDER AND SO THEREFORE WON'T WASTE HIS TIME ON PROMOTIONS
Okay, okay, it's not really a big deal but I enjoy zinging Irrfan. The man can sure act but, gosh darn if his off-screen persona isn't just really annoying.
Calling Johnny Tri Nguyen fans…!
Have a party song! Janelle Monae showing you how the party song is done properly. Don't you want to dive in and start dancing?!